The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Big City Sleep
- Stunning views of Central Park
- World class cabaret (and occasionally Woody Allen on clarinet) at Café Carlyle
- Top-notch in-house boutiques ranging from H.M. Luther Antiques to Vera Wang
What To Know
- Although the hotel and its bar are becoming trendy again, it’s still a long way from Manhattan’s hip downtown neighborhoods
- It’s a favorite of celebrities and politicians, which can sometimes cause inconvenient security measures
- WiFi is an additional cost per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Classic and timeless without feeling dated. The lobby is all gleaming black marble and impeccably maintained cupcake moldings, with Deco touches in the low-slung salmon-colored chairs and oversize mirrors. The restaurants and bars retain much of their original 1930s glamour, while the guest rooms have been modernized through a series of subtle makeovers. The rooms feel more residential than hotel-like, giving guests a sense of staying at an Upper East Side pied-à-terre. Even the simplest rooms have original hardwood floors, custom fabrics in playful prints, original Audubon pictures and Piranese and Kips artworks on the walls. Some of the higher-floor rooms have a sophisticated new look from Alexandra Champalimaud, plus stunning park views. The generous supply of Kiehl’s toiletries (not just the usual shampoo and body lotion, but also facial moisturizer and lip balm) is a welcome touch in the bathrooms. The hotel’s watering holes have drawn a glamorous crowd for decades, and they practically ooze history. Bemelman’s Bar is decorated with murals of Central Park painted by the Madeline artist Ludwig Bemelman, alongside chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops and a gilded ceiling. The Carlyle Restaurant remains one of the few white tablecloth establishments in a city increasingly obsessed with casual dining, while Café Carlyle is a supper club with nightly cabaret performances. The jewel box of a spa features Sisley facials, and Yves Durif does the coiffing.
In the Area
The Carlyle’s Upper East Side location is near the prime luxury shopping of Madison Avenue and Museum Mile. The Whitney Museum of American Art is on the next block, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim are a short walk away. Among the neighborhood’s best restaurants are Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud and the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. And, of course, Central Park is just a stone’s throw away.
How to Get There
The Carlyle. All I can say is Geoege Clooney has good taste!
I took my husband to NYC for a surprise birthday gift. We stayed at the wonderful Carlyle for the night. The rooms were gorgeous and luxurious, but what made our stay so tremendous was the staff!
What lovely people work there. Genuinely warm, friendly, helpful, and interested in making our visit happy and memorable. We will always remember our stay there.
If you are looking for a truly remarkable NYC experience The Carlyle can't be beat! The charm and ambience is amazing and the staff are so kind and most have worked there over 20 years. They can not do enough for you to make your stay a one of a kind experience. We had complimentary cheesecakes for our birthday celebration! We were upgraded and loved our accomodations --beautiful bathrooms, amenities (the soap is the best in the world!) , furnishings are old school new York, views are spectacular, location convenient to central park and museums not to mention exquisite shopping. They are renovating the hotel and are intent on keeping the old world charm that the hotel is known for--thank-you Carlyle for being such special place and oasis in the best city of the world ---New York!!
This hotel remains the gold standard for classic service at the highest level of style and discretion. The attention to detail by everyone on the staff is peerless. I recommend it without a moment's hesitation.
My husband and I stayed the weekend for our anniversary and were lucky enough to get one of the newly renovated rooms. It was just beautiful. The hotel is so elegant and the staff move mountains to accommodate guests.
Bemelmen’s Bar is lots of fun, but as hotel guests, we didn’t wish to pay the $35 cover charge, per person, for the late night entertainment, so we left early. The service was very slow in the bar and the food was just ok. Still, a fun environment and excellent for people gazing!
We also ate breakfasts in the restaurant...good service and gorgeous surroundings.
They are, quite obviously, working very hard to restore the hotel to it’s former self - with great success, in our humble opinion. I look forward to returning soon!
Excellent all around. Restaurant is serene with great food and service. Entertainment in the bar and Cafe are tops, although pricy in the Cafe. I have not had a bad room, but some better than others. The "interior" rooms, while lacking views are quiet.